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Former Attorney General sits down with NewsChannel 11

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -  Before he held the position of U.S. Attorney General he served as George W. Bush's personal lawyer when he was governor.  He was also the Texas Secretary of State and a Texas Supreme Court Justice. Soon Alberto Gonzales will add another title to his resume as a member of the Texas Tech faculty.

Starting this fall, Gonzales will teach a course at Texas Tech on "Contemporary Issues in the Executive Branch." He will also work with Tech administration in terms of minority recruitment and retention.  "I'm delighted at the commitment of Tech leadership to try to attract and retain minorities to Texas Tech so that's something that I'm really looking forward to," said Gonzales.

Gonzales hopes his role as the first Hispanic U.S. Attorney General, who's had some unique experiences, will encourage minority students to further their education. "Hopefully Hispanics will say well if Al Gonzales is interested in Texas Tech maybe I should give Texas Tech a second look," said Gonzales.

Through his experience with the Bush administration, he wants to offer students a glimpse into what it's like being a part of the President's cabinet. "I was involved in many high profile and very difficult decisions particularly during one of the most historic periods of our nation's history, the attacks of 9/11 and the aftermath and the decisions that were made immediately after. What I want to do is share with the students some of those experiences," said Gonzales.

While Texas Tech is Gonzales' new priority some people still have questions about his time in office, and his stance on some controversial issues, such as if he knew if prisoners were tortured or not.  "To my knowledge we provided advice to ensure that prisoners would not be tortured. Did people always follow that advice? That's something that IG's and CIAs and defense will have to look at. That's something that the Department of Justice will have to look at. For example, here in this country sometimes prisoners are mistreated because law enforcement doesn't follow the rules and regulations. That happens unfortunately. Does that happen in a war zone? It's more likely to happen in a war zone, but when that does happen, when people engage in contact that happens outside the rules and regulations, then they are held accountable and they should be held accountable," said Gonzales.

Now that the country is under new leadership, Gonzales stands by the Bush administration. "We've protected the country, I think the Bush administration deserves credit, is entitled to credit for taking steps to protect our country. Did we make mistakes? Yes, mistakes were made. Should we have done some things differently? Yes, but it's understandable that mistakes will be made at this level on some very, very difficult issues, in a very difficult time in the history of our country, but at the end of the day, as far as I know, everyone acted in good faith and did the very best we could to protect our country within the limits of our constitution," said Gonzales.

While the past will remain the past, Gonzales says he's looking forward to his new chapter. "I'm focused now on what lies ahead, and the future, trying to help the community of Lubbock and the great state of Texas," said Gonzales.

Gonzales and his family are currently looking for a house here in Lubbock.

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